New Delhi: The Wahhabi fanatics in Pakistan began to protest against the move of the Federal government to support the construction of a Grand temple of Lord Krishna in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. If built, this will be the first temple to be built in Islamabad after the partition In 1947.

The Foundation stone for the construction of the temple was laid recently, at the initiative of Lal Chand Malhi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) members of National Assembly and parliamentary Secretary on human rights. The temple, according to the plan, must be built on the land of 20,000 sq ft in h-9 sector Islamabad. However, soon after the ceremony of laying the first stone, protests the elements fanatic began, after which the construction work was stopped by local authorities.

The ceremony of laying the first stone of the Krishna temple was held under the auspices of the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat. Land for the Church was allotted to a Hindu Panchayat office capital construction (CDA) in 2017. However, construction work was delayed due to some technical reasons such as the approval of site Map and documents from CDA and other authorities.

Leading the front against the move is the speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Punjab (Pakistan), Chaudhry Parvez Elahi a, who said that the construction of a new Church in Islamabad was “against the spirit of Islam.” In the video he said that it was also an insult to “the state of Madina”. He said that the support elements of the Wahhabis in Pakistan.

“Pakistan was made in the name of Islam and the construction of another Hindu temple in the capital for the soul of Islam. After the conquest of Mecca, Muhammad Hazrat with Hazrat Ali broke 360 idols in Baitullah Sharif saying, ‘the truth came and falsehood vanished’,” Elahi added. Lawyer in High court of Islamabad had challenged the government’s decision on the construction of the temple.

Malhi cannot be concluded for his comments despite repeated attempts. Text message sent to him also remained unanswered. However, on Twitter, he said: “the authorities of CDA and reported, the work of the boundary wall of the Krishna temple can be restored later Monday, after receiving formal approval. Indian Panchayat Islamabad will contact CDA on Monday”.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the temple was recently performed by Malhi. The temple complex will also have a place of cremation, in addition to space for individual designs and for other religious ceremonies. It will be built with an estimated cost of RS 10 crore, is generated through donations and state funding. Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to provide RS 10 crore for this purpose.

In one of the previous posts, Malhi said, “had a meeting today with the PM Imran Khan. He directed the Minister of religious Affairs for immediate release of funds for the temple of Krishna in Islamabad and to submit a draft bill on forced conversion in the Parliament within two months.”

Media Malhi was quoted as saying that Hindu population in Islamabad has reached nearly 3,000, including the employees of public and private sector, representatives of the business community and a large number of doctors. He also said that while the official paperwork is the preparatory work, including levelling of land and erection of boundary wall, you can continue.

It should be noted that last year, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the government announced to reconstruct, renovate and re-open all temples and shrines in Pakistan to promote religious tourism.

Sources said, before the partition, people from different communities used to live in religious harmony in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. But after the partition, a large number of Hindus and Sikhs moved to India, leaving behind the temples and gurudwaras, which were subsequently destroyed or seized.

A survey across Pakistan Hindu rights movement said that out of 428 Hindu temples in Pakistan, only around 20 survive today and remain unaddressed evacuated the property Fund Board, which controls them, while others were converted for other purposes. She noted that 408 of the 428 temples in the time of the partition “turned into toy stores, restaurants, government offices and schools after 1990”. There is a small abandoned temple and hospital in Saidpur village near Islamabad, where there is no religious ritual takes place.



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